At Home Workshops, Penang 2014

Penang has always been a city dear to my heart. My family used to make yearly trips with my grandparents. I still remember the blue plates of fragrant Char Kway Teow & being dragged to countless antique shops while my grandma hunted for vintage treasures. I remember the warmth of my grandpa’s gigantic hands as we walked the streets of Georgetown, followed by an afternoon at the beach. We would watch him swim in the sea, further & further from land till he became a small dot. My mum would say “Look there’s Ah Kong!” while my brothers & I endeavoured to build the most amazing sandcastles. Even back then, I still could hear a hint of worry in my mum’s voice as she looked out in the distance.

A few months ago, together with the Robertsons, we held our first workshop in Penang, Malaysia. I’ve never been much of a speaker & often get nervous in big groups, so part of me was terrified at the idea of hosting a workshop. The workshop turned out to be truly a life changing experience. We went into the workshop ready to pour out our hearts to those present, but after the 2 days, we left the workshop with our hearts full & overflowing with joy. There’s something special about giving unconditionally – the reward at the end of the process is more than one’s imagination can fathom. Penang, you have truly cemented your place in my heart.

I can’t wait for the upcoming workshops – the next one being in Melbourne, the city which I proudly call home. See here for the upcoming workshop details & check out the new rebrand. But for now, enjoy some images from the city that currently has my heart, Penang.

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Joel & Pam. Singapore.

In all honesty, I was a bit worried about shooting Joel & Pam’s wedding.
I’ve always been a bit hesitant to shoot weddings back in Singapore. Ever since moving to Melbourne, I’ve been spoilt with good light and intimate celebrations. My memory of weddings in Singapore is being hot & humid, of events filled with obligations & traditions, and many people cramped in small spaces.

But when I met Joel & Pam, something in my gut told me to go for it.
Joel met Pam in university, where they both studied law. They actually met when Joel, being the gentleman he is, helped Pam pick up her notes from the floor. As the saying goes, the rest is history. Joel is still a lawyer while Pam runs a social enterprise called Saught, which creates jewellery from landmines & unexploded ordinance to support post-conflict countries. (Check out Saught here)

As they spoke about their wedding, Joel & Pam made it clear that it was a thanksgiving celebration focused on their friends & family having a good time.  And in an effort to honour their parents & traditions, they had two receptions – one for themselves (with awesome pancakes) & one for their family.

This turned out to be one of my favourite weddings of the year.
It was truly special day. A friend described Joel as “a guy who has waited his whole life to get married.”
The pastor who married them also married Joel’s parents 30 years ago. Friends flew in from far & wide, vendors became friends, and the evening light was magical, a far cry from my memories of photographing weddings in Singapore 8 years ago. Their logo on the invitation and place cards, designed by close friends Alex & Pui Yee was simple & clever, elements that I really enjoy seeing in graphic design. Pam ended the night with a surprise ukulele rendition of the song “Closer to You” for Joel, showered with stars and glitter.

I’m thankful our paths crossed & am glad that now I can call JAM friends of mine.

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Their wedding was featured on Ruffled here.
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Venue : Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, Singapore & Food for Thought @ National Museum, Singapore
Planning & Styling : In Merry Motion
Bride’s dress : Designed by Bride, handmade in Cambodia
Groom’s suit : Tailor-made in Shanghai, China.
Wedding Bands : Saught
Wedding Invites: Alex Kwan & Pui Yee Cheung

  • Wowowow! These are beautiful and made me so overwhelmed and filled with love and good vibes! thankyou for taking the time to share these beautiful images!!
    Congrats on moving past initial hesitations made from past experiences to capture such a gorgeous and God filled wedding!

    xo
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  • Definitely glad you got over the hesitation. What a fun filled wedding and captured perfectly my friend.ReplyCancel

  • This is super amazing!!ReplyCancel